Newsletter August 2013
During the Yoga and Ayurveda retreat here in January we got to learn and try a range of useful digestive aids. In the Ayurvedic philosophy, health starts in the digestive system, and many illnesses can be helped by supporting a balanced digestive system.
As a simple way to ignite the digestive fire, take a very thin slice of ginger sprinkled with salt five minutes before eating.
Pachana is a mixture of toasted seeds. A teaspoonful eaten after meals is good for digestion, as well as a breath sweetener.
• Dissolve 2 pinches of salt in 1 T hot water.
• Heat a heavy cast iron frying pan and roast ½ cup fennel seeds for a few minutes, stirring constantly until slightly brown. Sprinkle on salt water and stir and toast until dry and fragrant.
• Roast each of the following seeds separately until fragrant and slightly brown:
¼ cup toasted coriander seeds (often roasted with turmeric)
¼ cup sesame seeds
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp ajwan seeds
• Add to fennel seeds and mix well. Store in a sealed glass jar.
This tea is good for strengthening the digestive fire, and useful for sipping after meals (especially heavier meals).
To four cups of boiling water add:
6cm piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped.
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp turmeric
Pinch of fennel
Simmer for 10 – 30 minutes, then strain and enjoy!